Basic Water Rescue

Basic Water Rescue

American Red Cross Training

Basic Water Rescue provides those who participate in aquatic activities or work around water with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies.

This course meets the State of California’s water safety certification requirements for foster care and adoptive parents.


  • Ideal course for public safety personnel, camp personnel and day trip leaders, daycare workers, school teachers, aquatic fitness instructors, aquatic therapists, parents, foster care and adoptive parents, and the general public.
  • For new students or those who need to renew their certification.
  • Participants must be comfortable in chest-deep water.
  • Learn water safety guidelines for activities in, on or around the water.
  • Recognize the characteristic behaviors of someone who needs help in the water.
  • Define an emergency action plan and describe how to develop an emergency action plan.
  • Describe how to trap air in clothing for buoyancy as a means of self-rescue when not wearing a life jacket.
  • Describe two positions used for floating in cold water while wearing a life jacket.
  • Explain how to perform an ice self-rescue and how to help someone who has fallen through the ice.
  • Describe actions to take to prevent or delay hypothermia.
  • Describe how to care for someone having a seizure in the water.
  • Demonstrate the HELP and huddle positions.
  • Demonstrate two ways to perform a reaching assist.
  • Demonstrate a throwing assist using two different pieces of equipment.
  • Demonstrate a wading assist with equipment.
  • Demonstrate the beach drag and walking assist.
  • Demonstrate two ways to stabilize a victim’s head, neck and spine in the water.
  • Up to 4 hours
  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam (20 out of 25 questions).
  • Upon successful completion of the Basic Water Rescue class, participants will receive an American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue certification valid for 3 years.
  • The certificate will be emailed to you from the Red Cross with in 2 business days after completing the class (please check your spam folder if you do not get the email).
  • If you do not receive an email visit and enter your email address.
  • If you rare unable to locate your certificate please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompts for Health and Safety Training.
  • Private classes are available by appointment for groups of 8 or more. Call 949-420-0804 for details.

The following items are REQUIRED for the class:

  • Bathing suit, goggles, towel and a dry change of clothes, sunscreen and bottled water
  • A pen or pencil and paper for notes